PKSPL IPB University Planting Mangroves, Seagrasses and Transplanting Corals with the Coastal Ecosystem Management Group in Yensawai Village, Raja Ampat

Center for the Study of Coastal and Marine Resources (PKSPL), Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) IPB University together with the Korbon Group (mangroves), Andoi Group (seagrass) and the Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Group in Yensawai Village carried out the implementation of mangrove planting, seagrass and transplantation  Coral reefs.  This activity was carried out in West Yensawai and East Yensawai Villages, North Batanta District, Raja Ampat Regency.

This activity is an important part of the Integrated Coastal Area Management Design program in Supporting the Acceleration of the Implementation of the Zoning Plan for Coastal Zone and Small Islands (RZWP-3-K) in West Papua Province in collaboration with the Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (KemenPPN/Bappenas).  Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF), PKSPL LPPM IPB University and Coral Reef Rehabilitation Management Program-Coral Triangle Initiative (Coremap-CTI).

The implementation of planting mangroves, seagrasses and transplanting coral reefs was carried out on 15-24/6.  The PKSPL team consisted of Dadan Mulyana, Muhammad Qustam Sahibuddin, Robba Fahrisy Darus, Aditya Bramandito, Mahmudin, Naufal, Alin Rahma Yuliani and local gasilitator Nurdana Pratiwi.

Dadan Mulyana as PKSPL Team Leader explained, "The planting of mangroves, seagrass and coral reef transplants is proof of PKSPL's strong commitment in overseeing the program entrusted by the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, ICCTF and Coremap-CTI."

According to him, the mangrove seedlings planted were the result of a nursery conducted by the Korbon Group and is the only village in Raja Ampat Regency that has a community-based mangrove seed nursery.  This achievement is inseparable from the role of PKSPL IPB University in assisting them.

In addition, the seagrass planting activity carried out by the Andoi Group is the first time in Raja Ampat.

“This activity is a form of community-based coastal ecosystem rehabilitation.  Where the community is an important actor in guarding and maintaining the coastal ecosystem of Yensawai Village so that it remains sustainable.  It is hoped that in the future, Yensawai Village will become a pilot village in carrying out community-based coastal ecosystem rehabilitation activities and become a source village for mangrove seedlings for Raja Ampat Regency," explained Muhammad Qustam Sahibuddin, one of the researchers at PKSPL IPB University.

The number of mangrove propagules that were planted was 10,000 with 6,180 seedlings planted.  While the seagrass planted as many as 1,500 clumps of seedlings and transplanted coral reefs as many as 1,600 seedlings.

The mangrove planting method uses three methods, namely fenced clumps, distance clumps and saplings. The carbon stake method is a collaborative method of local wisdom with expert thinking.

Meanwhile, for seagrasses using sprig anchor, hessian bag, and sprig unanchor methods.  For transplantation of coral reefs using the ppc frame method, iron frame and rock file.

In order to support the success of planting mangroves, seagrass and coral reefs in Yensawai West and East Yensawai Villages, the PKSPL LPPM IPB University fostered group provided socialization to the community.  This socialization activity is to answer the issues circulating among the people of West Yensawai Village and East Yensawai Village.

Konstantinus Saleo, Coordinator of the Coastal Ecosystem Management Group in Yensawai Village, explained, "Don't think this activity is useless, but it is actually very useful. We all know that we used to have Urun Island for our family's recreation, but now Urun Island is gone. Only  only sand is left due to abrasion. Likewise in our village, West and East Yensawai, there are many beaches that have abrasion, near the cemetery, at the pier and behind the district office (kecamatan). So let's join hands together to oversee this activity  (planting).”

Isak Saleo, Chairperson of the Yensawai Village Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Group added “Don't always think that if a program enters our village, there is money.  But we will see from the knowledge they provide.  The knowledge that we get from PKSPL IPB so far is free, we don't pay for it and it is very useful.  I hope that in the future there will be mangrove, seagrass and coral reef experts from this village, so that they can share their knowledge with other communities in Raja Ampat.”  (MQS/Zul) (IAAS/SYA)

Published Date : 25-Jun-2021

Resource Person : Isak Saleo, Dadan Mulyana

Keyword : Mangrove, Seagrass, Coral Reef, Raja Ampat, Yensawai Village, PKSPL, IPB University